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(From Guardian Unlimited)
At one of his taxpayer funded, Tory sympathiser-pleasing "consultation meetings" held in Croydon last summer Boris Johnson responded effusively to an entrepreneur in the audience who told him all about his plan to open up disused London Underground stations as tourist attractions. "It is brilliant: I love it," he declared, and on the spot ordered his economics director Anthony Browne and the LDA's Peter Rogers to inspect the bold proposal without delay.
The entrepreneur, Ajit Chambers, duly delivered the business plan of his Old London Underground Company to City Hall, but little encouragement followed. Deep scepticism emanated from the real, actual London Underground company and Transport for London. Perhaps Boris and, in particular, those to whom he'd so impulsively handed responsibility for encouraging the …